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Lip Sync Battle
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Lip Sync Battle is a fun, friendly celebrity-studded competition in the vein of Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show lip-sync challenges. Although there's some occasional strong "iffy" language ("hell," "ass"; bleeped curses and someone flipping the bird), the overall content is more goofy and playful than edgy. There's some occasional sexual innuendo, including a few revealing outfits that look more funny than sexy, and some tough talking that's more humorous than violent. Older tweens who like this sort of thing should get a huge kick out of seeing celebs get silly in the name of battle.
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What's the story?
Based on the popular segment from The Tonight Show, LIP SYNC BATTLE is a competition show featuring celebrities trying to outperform each other by putting together the best lip-syncing routines. Hosted by rapper/actor LL Cool J, the series features television and movie stars, show hosts, and even actual singers doing their best to fake their way through their favorite songs. Cohost Chrissy Teigen offers post-performance commentary. After two epic rounds of syncing, the audience decides who will take home the winner's belt.
Is it any good?
The series offers lots of high-energy fun as popular celebs let loose and pretend to be the singers and performers they've secretly always wanted to be. Behind-the-scenes interviews and interactions between competitors during commercial breaks also highlight how much fun they're having.
You can't help but chuckle (if not burst out laughing) when folks like Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and John Krasinski shake to tunes by Taylor Swift and bust out like Tina Turner. It's a delight to watch these stars enjoy themselves and, in turn, entertain the audience, by having some (relatively) good, clean fun.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what makes lip syncing, air bands, and other "fake" performances fun to watch. Why do you think celebrities agree to do it? Do you think they would act this zany in real life?
Set up your own lip-sync battle with family and friends; this could be a good opportunity to share favorite music with your kids (and vice versa).
For kids who love plain old fun
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